DB Schenker has adopted the INTTRA eVGM Service to facilitate customer compliance with new container weight requirements.
Under the International Maritime Association’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment, only containers with VGMs, or certified weights, can be authorised to be loaded onto ships. The safety measure, which went into effect on July 1, 2016, aims to ensure optimal balance of cargo for maximum stability of container ships worldwide.
“We are pleased to adopt the INTTRA eVGM Service which enables fast and efficient submission of the required VGM data directly to the carriers that are connected to the INTTRA platform,” said Marcus Leaver, Senior Vice President of Global Ocean Freight at Schenker. “Our customers benefit from the partnership as increased efficiencies and lean processes minimise operational expenses and improve the flow of information.”
“We are very happy to expand our longstanding partnership with DB Schenker and welcome them to the growing eVGM network,” said Inna Kuznetsova, INTTRA’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Taking advantage of standardised submissions to multiple carriers on a single platform helps DB Schenker to facilitate seamless customer service and grow operational efficiency.”
INTTRA eVGM Service provides the operational capabilities for digital submission, receipt, processing and auditing of SOLAS-compliant VGMs for shippers and carriers. INTTRA eVGM creates efficiency and simplicity by enabling the exchange of VGMs with multiple carriers in a standardised way through a single channel. The Service maximises flexibility and minimises business disruption by facilitating VGM submission under multiple weighing and container packing scenarios and submission use cases – including support of third party or authorised submissions – without requiring changes to the process of booking containers or providing shipping instructions. Users can transact via EDI, web service, web online or mobile formats.